Description of the Law Program
The LLB (Hons) degree of the University of Sunderland is an undergraduate programme that leads to a Qualifying Law Degree and allows its graduates to exercise the legal profession. Students are given the option to study full-time or part-time while the programme’s duration may range from 3 to 6 years. Pre-sessional courses are held during the last three weeks of September, regular courses start in October and are completed in May. This is a Qualifying Law Degree recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales and regulated by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. During the course, you’ll study modules such as ‘Higher Education Skills and Competencies’, ‘Criminal Law and Procedure’, ‘Public Law and the Law of the European Union’ and ‘Practical Tort Law’. By the end of the course, you’ll have the intellectual tools and knowledge to tackle real-world issues within the legal sector or within legal departments of organisations. You can stay on to complete our innovative LLM Legal Practice (LPC), can opt to sit the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination that will be introduced from 2021, or could decide to take a Bar Professional Training Course.
- For more information on qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales after graduating from the LLB (Hons) degree course of the University of Sunderland, please visit this link.
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This programme is for those who wish to:
- Acquire all the necessary skills and abilities to pursue a career in law in Greece and abroad
- Train in conducting advanced legal research in English
- Acquire a prestigious degree in law
Structure of the Programme
You’ll be taught by passionate academics who produce ‘internationally excellent’ research. A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop study skills and carry out independent legal research. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups. A number of modules incorporate court/tribunal visits, video presentations and visiting speakers. As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include research assignments, case studies, problem questions, practical activities, reports and exams.
- Legal Skills and Methods
- Practical Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
Students will explore the criminal process, the substance and local jurisdiction of the criminal courts, the prosecution, the granting of bail, the commencement of the trial and the rules in conducting and terminating it.
- Public Law and the Law of the European Union
- Fundamental Legal Skills
Students of the law school will study English law and its special features, will know the function of the courts and their jurisdiction, the principle of the adjudicated, the various approaches to legal interpretation and the legal profession.
Students will learn about contract law, the conditions for concluding a contract, the rights and obligations of the parties, as well as the consequences of violating the terms of a contract.
Students will study criminal law, the objective and subjective nature of an offense, the general categorization of offenses, and the application of criminal principles to specific offenses against persons, such as murder, homicide, assault, bodily harm, and offenses of property, such as theft, robbery, burglary, criminal damage.
Students will study the relationship between the British Constitution and the European Union, the political and legal aspects of this relationship, as well as the basic principles on which the EU has relied, such as rules and basic legitimacy and competition law. .
Students will be taught all the necessary skills to practice law successfully. Law studies require students to be able to use a specific set of skills that includes critical reading and thinking, legal research, proper reporting, accurate writing, note-taking, summary and time management.
- Property Law and Practice
- Family Law and Practice
- Introduction to Professional Practice
- Practical Tort Law
- Law in Society
- Law of Evidence
Students will study the law of property, such as ownership, jurisdiction, possession and the rights conferred by immovable and movable property, the transfer of title and the contract of sale, as well as the concepts of co-ownership, adverse possession and facilities.
Students will deal with the law governing marriage, political cohabitation, cohabitation and the resolution of disputes arising after the dissolution of the above relations, as well as the law governing parenthood, parental responsibility and private law disputes concerning childcare arrangements.
Students will be introduced to the practice of law which will include the analysis of complex and changing situations in matters of clients, the appropriate legal and strategies, the evaluation of relevant ethical issues and the reflection on the operation of law in practice.
Students will study the tort of negligence and the in-depth examination of the required elements. During the program they will be introduced to the concept of due diligence, breach of duty and, finally, the rules on causality in both law and practice. Special areas will also be considered, such as the psychiatric injury in the tort of negligence and the calculation of the awarded compensation.
Students will examine how society is defined, what communities exist in today's society, whether these communities need protection, and whether state protection intervention is required. The question will also be considered whether society would be self-regulating simply if there were no law and a better understanding of the impact of law in all aspects of daily life.
Students will learn to understand the law of criminal evidence. During the program they will learn to examine the evidence at the stages of a criminal case, starting with investigating what the evidence is, as well as the weight and pattern of the evidence. They will also study the right to silence, evidence of character, rumors, confessions, expert testimony, illegally obtained evidence and witnesses.
- Equity and Trusts Law
- Family Law
- Counter Terrorism Law
- Public International Law
- Medical Law
- Crime Justice and Society
Students will study what trust law is, how a trust can be created, valid and invalid trusts, charitable and non-charitable trusts, and the development of trusts their current uses.
Students will examine family law in detail. They will study what the family is legally, the role of law in family life, human rights, coexistence, cohabitation agreement, marriage, divorce and divorce, money and property after divorce / dissolution, its meanings parenting, resolving civil disputes concerning children and the rights of children and parents.
Students will study the legal framework of organized crime and terrorism, institutions and organizations, preventive counterterrorism legislation, terrorist offenses, human rights issues, international and economic perspectives, and money laundering.
Students will study the nature of public international law and the particular elements of international legal argumentation, key features of international law, sources, adjudication and enforcement of international law, the structure of the international community and participants in the international legal system.
Students will study the law governing medical and healthcare, the legal framework governing assisted reproduction, research and experimentation, organ donation, medical negligence, the treatment of patients who are unable to consent, and end-of-life care, as special emphasis will be placed on the ethical issues that arise in the context of medical care.
Students will explore the field of criminology. Specifically, they will focus on the study of crime, perpetrators, the criminal justice system, penitentiary systems, the general understanding of crime and the socio-legal view of crime and justice.
* Modules may change each year
The University of Sunderland ranks among the most successful universities in the United Kingdom in terms of its graduates’ employability. After successfully completing the programme, graduates will be qualified to provide counsel on their clients’ legal strategies regarding the resolution of disputes with international aspects, prevent legal disputes and represent natural persons and legal entities in dispute resolution institutions. The knowledge and skills acquired during this programme also meet the demands of professional positions in government institutions or other legal entities that require legal research and checks.
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